this is not advertising

…more like a strong recommendation.

i’m not easily impressed by people. maybe i’m just conceited but whatever. i have too much on my plate to be busy being impressed by the stupid things people do. i will, however, make time to gush about my friend tAMALee’s new project.

People often ask me where I’m from. This is usually after hearing my name. So, I answer. I wait for the look of bewilderment on their faces that, by now, I know will quickly follow. Arab? Palestinean? Huh? They’re usually surprised. They think I’m either Caucasian, half-white/half something else, Hispanic, Italian, not an Arab. Even fellow Arabs, sometimes, mention that I “don’t really look like it.”

Not all Arabs have dark skin. Some Arabs have colored eyes. Not all Arabs are Muslim. Not all Muslims are Arabs. Some Arabs are black. Others are pale with freckles. Not all Arab men have beards. Not all Arab women cover their faces.

Using only pictures and no words, these are some of the statements I would like to make with my project, a photo documentary titled I AM AN ARAB.

I am capturing images of Arabs, young and old, with origins from all Arab countries, who defy the prototypical Arabic look, and hope to publish these photos in one thick book.

This book is not meant to be religious or political. It’s a lighthearted means of education meant to challenge the poor portrayal of Arabs in the media, break stereotypes of what Arabs look like and bring a smile to the faces of those who already know.

i love that i have diverse, creative and good people around me. if you’re arab, check it out. if you’re into creative things, check it out. if you’re just plain cool, check it out. darn it, just click the link!!!

p.s. for more awesome blogs to read, look to the right.

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